Major General William Omane-Agyekum has officially handed over the Baton of Leadership to Maj Gen Charles Awity as the new Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) Commandant at a farewell parade held at the Addico Square, MATS on Wednesday, 19 February, 2020.
The short but impressive ceremony brought together all the Commanding Officers and instructors of the twelve (12) training schools under the MATS command.
Maj Gen Omane-Agyekum who has also been retired from the service expressed gratitude to God Almighty for the opportunity to have lived to see the occasion and for bringing him this far in his military career.
He, therefore, took the opportunity to say a big thank you to all those serving and retired in Ghana and outside the country, civilians, families and friends who in diverse ways contributed to making his 35 years journey as an Officer a success.
He also thanked the Military High Command, past and present for the opportunity to serve in GAF and thanked the Commander-in-Chief for the privilege to serve him and the country.
Maj Gen Omane-Agyekum said, MATS has not had its fair share of resources, especially financial resources and this has had its toll on the schools under it. It was his prayer that the situation would get better under his successor’s command. He said he was leaving behind a team of professional and dedicated staff and he was confident they would extend the same opportunity to his successor.
Further, Maj Gen Omane-Agyekum stated that MATS was noted for its discipline and called on Officers and Men to maintain it.
He also said loyalty was a two way street and leaders should be loyal to their subordinates and vice versa. Loyalty breeds confidence and trust and it was a virtue for soldiers to demonstrate at all times. He congratulated his successor and wished him the best in his tenure of office.
In attendance were the Service Chiefs, Commandants GAFCSC and KAIPTC, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku, Hon Dr Okoe Boye, former MPs and Ministers of State, Hon Maj Ahmed and Hon Dr Nuamah Donkor, Vice Chancellor of Accra Technical University, Professor Samuel Nii Odai and the Chinese Defence Attache to Ghana, Col Zhao Hongquan.